The Garda Commissioner has responsibility for managing An Garda Síochána and for the allocation of Garda resources, in light of identified operational demands. This includes responsibility for personnel matters. As Minister I have no direct role in these matters. I understand however that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities, to ensure their optimum use.
I am advised by the Commissioner that the Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit forms part of the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation and falls under the remit of Assistant Commissioner, Special Crime Operations (SCO).
I am further informed that the unit has a total of 10 officers including both Garda Staff and Garda members as follows: 1 Detective Superintendent, 1 Detective Sergeant, 7 Detective Gardaí and 1 member of Garda civilian staff.